The variables used in general relativity to describe the shape of spacetime. If your question is about metric units, use the tag "units", and/or "si-units" if it is about the SI system specifically.

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Four-vectors and metric tensor

I think it's safe to say that if $x^\mu=(x^0,x^1,x^2,x^3)$, then $x_\mu=(x^0,-x^1,-x^2,-x^3)$. But I don't really understand why one follows from the other. Could someone explain? Also, I've been ...
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Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates: Why $\ln(r-2m)$ instead of $\ln|r-2m|$?

If one considers the Schwarzschild metric $$ \text d s^2 = -V(r)\text d t^2 + \frac{1}{V(r)}\text d r^2 + r^2 \text d \Omega^2\;,\qquad V(r) = 1-\frac{2m}{r}\;, $$ and introduces the ...
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Hermitian Metric and Geodesics

Why isn't general relativity developed with a Hermitian metric and a theory of complex valued paths and geodesics? The concept of arc length and geodesic suffers under a pseudo-Riemannian metric. My ...
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Symmetric energy-momentum tensor using derivative wrt. metric [duplicate]

I can find the Noether current for space time translation symmetry by demanding that the first order correction to the Lagrangian vanishes upon infinitesimal translations of coordinates. But in cases ...
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Schwarzschild Solution Convention

In looking at the components of the Schwarzschild Metric, one finds $ g_{00} = (1 - \frac{r_s}{r})c^2 $. Wikipedia states that $r$ is measured as the circumference, divided by $2π$, of a sphere ...
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Can a metric in General Relativity, Supergravity, String Theory, etc., be asymmetric?

Why is it that all problems I encountered until now have metrics that when represented in a matrix form turn out to be symmetric? Aren't there asymmetric matrices representing some metrics?
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Is $ds^2$ just a number or is it actually a quantity squared?

I originally thought $ds^2$ was the square of some number we call the spacetime interval. I thought this because Taylor and Wheeler treat it like the square of a quantity in their book Spacetime ...
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What is the covariant basis around a Schwarzschild black hole?

First of all, I'm not interested in time for this question. So lets consider a 3-manifold whose metric is the spatial part of the Schwarzschild metric, so it has the event horizon and the singularity ...
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Why do things slow down when you move faster, rather than speed up?

I've been trying to get to grips with SpaceTime. As I understand it, we move at a set rate through spacetime. Any increase in our rate of travel through space results in a decrease in our rate of ...
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Metric tensor in SRT

I just read on this webpage that we have (click me) $g_{\alpha \beta} = g_{\alpha}^{\beta} = g^{\alpha \beta}.$ Now, although I understand that the first and the last one are equal, I don't think ...
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Norm of Killing vector field

Let us suppose we have a Killing vector field with $X^a = 1/2$ and $X^b = 1/3$ and $g_{ab}=1$ where the other $c$ and $d$ components are zero. Now we want to find its norm: The formula for finding ...
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Geodesic deviation

In S. Carroll Lecture Notes on General Relativity, chapter 6, pages 152-153 we have equation (6.62) $$\tag{6.62} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial t^2} S^\mu=\frac{1}{2} S^\sigma \frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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How to find a metric of a general observer?

Yes, that's it. How to find a particular metric of an observer in general relativity? Let's say we have a static metric: ...
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Naturalness of tensor fields in general relativity?

In the third chapter of the book The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, the authors say regarding the matter fields in general relativity: These fields will obey equations which can be expressed ...
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isotropy of 3-space and spacetime metric

The most general spacetime metric is given by $$ds^2=g_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu dx^\nu=c^2dt^2+g_{0i}dtdx^i-g_{ij}dx^i dx^j$$ Why does the second term said to violate isotropy of 3-space? It is true that, ...
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Why does $\frac{d\tau}{d\sigma} = L$?

I am given a (3+1)-dimensional spacetime that has the line element \begin{equation} ds^2 = -\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)dt^2 + \left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1} dr^2 + r^2 d\phi^2 \end{equation} ...
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Acceleration of stationary observers in their own reference frame?

In the beginning of this link: https://www.math.ku.edu/~lerner/GR/Schwarzschild.pdf they calculate the acceleration of a stationary observer. As I understand, this accleration is seen by an ...
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Can I simply find the Christoffel symbols by dividing by $g$?

Given the following equation \begin{equation} g_{\alpha\delta} \Gamma^{\delta}_{\beta\gamma} = \frac{1}{2} \left(\partial_\gamma g_{\alpha\beta} + \partial_\beta g_{\alpha\gamma} - \partial_\alpha ...
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Little problem with indexes

Suppose I have a diagonal matrix metric, like $$b_{\mu\nu} = \mbox{diag}(1, -1, -1, -1)$$ namely there are nonzero values only for $\mu = \nu$. My problem is this (please be quiet to explain me ...
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Calculation of co-moving coordinate separation for a moving object in a time-varying spacetime metric

My calculus has 30+ years of rust on it and I am stuck on the integration of the interval in General Relativity... I wish to calculate the spatial coordinate at time t of an object moving with ...
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Metric Tensor Identity Manipulation

If I take the metric identity in 4d minkowski spacetime $$ g_{uv}\frac{dx^u}{d\tau}\frac{dx^v}{d\tau}=1, $$ where $\tau$ is proper time parameterisation. Can I conclude that ...
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On GR with perturbation

Could anyone explain to me what I have misunderstood/missed when trying to understand this paper on GR perturbation? The paper is http://arxiv.org/pdf/0704.0299v1.pdf In equation 25 for $R_{00}$, ...
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What is an “Einstein transformation” in general relativity?

When introducing the vielbein formalism in general relativity, I came across the use of an infinitesimal general transformation, or Einstein transformation. The latter term seems not to be covered on ...
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What besides the metric do you need to set up the EFEs and the geodesic equation?

One of my professors wrote on the board (1) Mass tells spacetime how to curve $\to$ Metric/Einstein Field Equations (2) Spacetime tells mass how to move $\to$ Geodesic equation Suppose I am given ...
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How do we expect distance measurements to compare inside and outside the event horizon of a black hole?

I've read that as one approaches the event horizon of a black hole, time is dilated relative to time measured farther away from the event horizon (clocks tick slower near the event horizon). I've ...
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Is a metric tensor field the same thing as $ds² = -dt² + dx²+ dy² + dz²$?

I am having trouble understanding the nature of the metric tensor field on spacetime manifolds. In particular, a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ is defined as a real smooth manifold $M$ equipped with an ...
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Does a spacetime manifold have the structure of a metric space?

My first introduction to spacetime physics was Wheeler and Taylor's book Spacetime Physics. This book gave me an appreciation for how important the spacetime interval was for giving the distortions to ...
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Curved paths through spacetime when standing still?

I have heard that falling objects fall at the same rate irrespective of their mass. They are 'following straight line paths through curved spacetime'. Does this mean that objects that accelerate in ...
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How to demonstrate frame dragging through the Kerr metric?

I derived the Kerr metric, but in a form which doesn't seem to relate to frame dragging. I have been trying this for some time, so how do we relate the Kerr metric to frame dragging?
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Difference between the metric tensor in general relativity and the metric tensor in mathematics?

Is the metric tensor in general relativity the same as the metric tensor in maths, or is there a difference?
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What is the evidence of interpreting $g_{\mu\nu}$ as the metric of space-time?

I think if we don't mention the meaning of $g_{\mu\nu}$ as the metric of space-time, we can still construct the equation of motion and Einstein field equation in a way such that $g_{\mu\nu}$ is just a ...
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Convention of tensor indices

Let $g_{ij}$ be the diagonal Minkowski metric tensor diag$(g) = (1,-1,-1,-1)$, then $g^{ij}$ is defined to be $(g^{-1})^{ij}$, hence $$g_{ik}g^{kj} = g_i^{\ \ j} = \text{diag}(1,1,1,1)=\delta_i^{\ \ ...
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Is there any use for non-orthogonal frames? [closed]

In regular three dimensional space we always limit ourselves to Cartesian (i. e. orthonormal) frames. This has lots of advantages: dot products are easy, no need to distinguish between vectors and ...
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Time coordinate inside black hole horizon [duplicate]

I am new to physics and was trying to learn more especially about general relativity. The Schwarzschild metric, changes the sign of the time and radial parts of the metric once we cross the event ...
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Energy-momentum tensor

I need to show that: \begin{align} \mathcal h_i^a \, T_{ab} \, h_i^b=(\nabla_i \phi)^2-\frac{h_{ii}}{2}[\dot{\phi}^2-(\nabla \phi)^2-m^2 \phi^2] \end{align} where i) $T_{ab}=\nabla_a \phi ...
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Raising and Lowering indices of tensor

Why we use metric tensors $g$ to raise or lower indices of tensors, why not using other (invertible) order-2 tensors to do the job?
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Proof of the relation $d^4 \xi = \sqrt{|g|} \,\, d^4x$ switching between local and non-inertial coordinates

Denoting with $d\xi^m$ and $dx^\mu$ respectively flat and non-inertial coordinates, we have the following relation between the volume elements in the two coordinate systems: $$ d^4 \xi = \sqrt{|\det ...
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Spacetime Metrics and Quantifying Length of a Spacetime Curve

On page 247 in Gravitation by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, they state: "No metric means no way to quantify length; nevertheless, parallel transport gives a way to compare length!" Three questions: ...
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Kleppner derivation of Lorentz transformation

I am reading Kleppner.(Lorentz transformations) He said,we take the most general transformation relating the coordinates of a given event in the two systems to be of the form $$x'=Ax +Bt, y'=y, z'=z, ...
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Does the density of matter increase as we approach the big bang? [duplicate]

I am interested in knowing whether it is clear (undisputed) that the density of matter/energy increases as we approach the time of the big bang? Does this follow from the FLRW metric?
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How would gravitons couple to the Stress-Energy tensor?

How would gravitons couple to the Stress-Energy tensor $T^{\mu\nu}$? How did physicists arrive at this result? I've read that it follows from the analysis of irreducible representations of the ...
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Time functions in general relativity

In my general relativity notes a function $f$ is called time function, if $\nabla f$ is time-like past-pointing. Say that we are in Schwarzschild spacetime and I want to check if $f=t$ is a time ...
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Norm of summation of vectors

If we have a vector $\partial_v$ and we want o find its norm, we easily say (According to the given metric) that the norm of that vector is:$ g^{vv}\partial_v\partial_v$. My question what if we have ...
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Prove $G^{+\rho(\mu}H^{+\nu)}{}_{\rho} = -\frac{1}{4}\eta^{\mu \nu}G^{+\rho \sigma}H^+_{\rho \sigma}$ [closed]

I want to prove the following fact for two antisymmetric tensors: $$ G^{+\rho (\mu} H^{+\nu)}{}_{ \rho} = -\frac{1}{4}\eta^{\mu \nu} G^{+\rho \sigma}H_{\rho \sigma}^{+}. \tag{4.39}$$ (See e.g. ...
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Raising and lowering indices of the Levi-Civita epsilon symbol in two dimensions

In two dimensions, what is the relation between $\epsilon^a{}_b$ and $\epsilon_{ab}$ where $a, b$ take the values $\{1,2\}$? By that I mean, how does the sign change in that case? In four dimensions ...
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Is the metric-induced topology relevant at all in a (psuedo) Riemannian manifold? [duplicate]

A (pseudo) Riemannian manifold is a tuple: $$(M,g)$$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold (in particular, a topological space with an atlas) and $g$ is a (pseudo) Riemannian metric tensor. It is apparent ...
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A particular coordinate transformation of a metric tensor

So, this was a problem set question for my GR class due yesterday, and I can't for the life of me solve it, it seems I am missing something very trivial. Either the given answer is wrong, or I am. ...
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Can some components of metric be Finslerian while the others be Riemannian?

A Finsler metric reduces to a Riemann metric in case it loses its dependence on velocities. Now, my question is this: Can we have a Finsler metric in which some components of the metric have velocity ...
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Physical interpretation of a certain Hamiltonian

Consider a $2 \times 2$ Hermitian (or symmetric) matrix-valued function $$g(x) = \{ g_{jk}(x)\}_{j,k=1,2}, \quad x \in \mathbb{R}^{2},$$ such that $0 < m_{-}I \leq g(x) \leq m_{+}I$, for some ...
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Computing the Ricci Tensor for a Spherically Symmetric Spacetime

For a homework question, we are given the metric $$ds^2=dt^2-\frac{2m}{F}dr^2-F^2d\Omega^2\ ,$$ where F is some nasty function of $r$ and $t$. We're asked to then show that this satisfies the Field ...